Thursday, January 03, 2013

Not Churchill but MaCaulay

Rupa Subramanya points the finger at Thomas MaCaulay for the deficiencies of India's rape law system.

Her article, I think, is better than her argument. Essentially the point is that India's rape laws are based on the English laws of MaCaulay's time. England has changed, and India needs to take responsibility for its own laws - wherever they originated.

The article makes a thoughtful argument for the changes she thinks are needed, which mostly are not incorporated in current reform efforts. Of course if blaming the problems on the English works to get better laws, then go for it.